Almost there…

It’s that point of summer where I’m SO READY to teach again.  I had a group of pre-college students this morning and once again, kept my sanity in check by teaching.

I’m in week 7 of a 9 week program.  I leave for an almost two week long vacation August 15 or 16…and then the second week in September, hazah!  Both are hazahs.  I desperately need this vacation.

I’m waiting to hear on a few jobs/applications/promising ventures.  Two are certain, which makes me mildly nervous that ONLY two are certain…and one just got confirmed this past Friday.  I really just want to focus on teaching this next year.  One application out there, another kind of in the wings.

hifructosemag:

A master of recreating textures with her set of color pencils, Julia Randall uses photorealistic drawing techniques to create surreal works that use subtle suggestions to cultivate a sensual mood. Particularly interested in the mouth, Randall draws lips, tongues and teeth against plain backgrounds, sometimes affixing them to other objects equally delicate and perplexing in nature. For her latest series, “Blown,” Randall has taken to rendering used chewing gum. The gum’s viscous texture has the same strange sex appeal as the saliva and moist lips in her other work. We find ourselves simultaneously attracted and repulsed to the sinewy-looking wads and deflating bubbles. Take a look at some images courtesy of the artist. 

banksystreetart:

New Olympic themed street piece from Banksy

banksystreetart:

New Olympic themed street piece from Banksy

nmaahc:

“A new Smithsonian museum is taking shape in Washington. It will be the first national museum devoted exclusively to African American history and culture. For the last seven years, a major campaign has been underway to find and collect artifacts, documents and other items that will make up the museum’s permanent collection. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on the story.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHRuzIze60A&feature=player_embedded

(Source: musenotes, via )

iheartmyart:

Bonsoir Paris - Duramen (Heartwood), 2011

(via alecshao)

(Source: likeafieldmouse)

artnet:

Art Collector Herbert Vogel Dies
Herbert Vogel, who, along with his wife Dorothy, amassed one of the most important collections of Minimalist art worldwide, died on Sunday at the age of 89.
A postal worker and a librarian, the couple used their modest salaries to collect works by artists including Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Mangold. 
A few years ago, the Vogels donated their entire collection to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. The Gallery is exhibiting about 1,000 of the donated works; the other pieces have been distributed in 50-item lots to one museum in each state, a project called Vogel 50x50.  

artnet:

Art Collector Herbert Vogel Dies

Herbert Vogel, who, along with his wife Dorothy, amassed one of the most important collections of Minimalist art worldwide, died on Sunday at the age of 89.

A postal worker and a librarian, the couple used their modest salaries to collect works by artists including Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Mangold

A few years ago, the Vogels donated their entire collection to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. The Gallery is exhibiting about 1,000 of the donated works; the other pieces have been distributed in 50-item lots to one museum in each state, a project called Vogel 50x50.  

Youths, Beware The:

adventuresinlearning:

Brent S. Comment on Jabreel Chisley’s post “Time to Speak” « Cooperative Catalyst

Youths, Beware the:

Intent behind the curriculum (it lies hidden deep within societal “truths”): Throughout the brief (written) history of mankind, one or more societal truths have turned out to be entirely erroneous.

Compulsory gift (and the encoded messages) of public education: A return exchange of value is expected.

Sound-bite that sounds too good to be true: “Truthy” phrases do not expose the context from which they have been conjured.

Teachers, Beware the:

Class clowns and disruptors: They expose your greatest weaknesses (and your greatest strengths).

Authority of position power: “Standing” to teach may have been built on a foundation of mud.

Existent dyadic power structures: Students and teachers are bound to, and serve, the same system.

Adults, Beware the:

Desire to assure continuation of your comforts through replication: Your youths are not you.

Discomfiting circumstances of your lives: Is there a reason niggling doubts and fears keep you awake at night?

Assumption you “know what is best” for youths: You may be living half-baked dreams of those you inherited them from.

There are school buildings and education systems, and then there are School buildings and Education systems – all involve curricular lessons and learning

My desk chair…

can go to hell.  I am going to be crippled by the end of the summer.

Friday, Friday...

School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survey Says

adventuresinlearning:

Including students’ perspectives on school change is a relatively new trend in education. “It’s very easy in policy debates to push the levers you have at your disposal rather than find new ideas,” Boser said. “Testing is easy to put your mind around. It’s harder to think about how are we going to engage students? It’s less tangible, it’s a culture question, it’s easy to ignore.”

Student Voice in education is important and fair.